Pop quiz: when are you finished with maintenance on your
sailboat? It’s a trick question. The real answer is “never,” because a sailboat
needs regular care and attention if it’s going to perform at its best. And that
care and attention won’t help if it isn’t comprehensive. That’s why we’ve put
together this ultimate sailboat maintenance checklist to help keep your ship in
the boat. Survey the bilge, for example. Test the bilge pump and make sure
it runs smoothly. Visually inspect the hull. Look for leaks. Check the raw
water sea strainers and look at your battery levels on a regular basis. The key
word here is “comprehensive.” Remember, without a comprehensive inspection, you
won’t know which issues need addressing.
your anchorage. Keeping an anchor in proper condition is essential. You
don’t want to head out on a journey and find out that your anchor is suddenly
flawed. Some experts recommend waiting for clear waters and weather and diving
down to check the anchor itself.
- When in
doubt, get a second opinion. If you’re not sure about the quality of a
particular system, you should bring in an extra pair of eyes—preferably an
expert’s pair of eyes. It’s better to know that your sailboat doesn’t have a
problem than to wonder.
down your regular maintenance habits. Add a date next to your notes so you
know what needs to be done first. You’d be amazed at how much time can pass
since you inspect a critical system if you don’t track it. By tracking it,
you’ll know which spots on your sailboat deserve the most attention next time
- Look at the
quality of your sailboat’s wood. A sailboat’s wood is comparable to its
lifeblood. You don’t want dry rot to set in and completely change its quality.
We recommend a range of Wood
Restorers that can help you out here if a total replacement is not needed.
Our Git-Rot Kit is
particularly helpful. It uses capillary action to penetrate through wood rot
and strengthen the wood to make it both sandable and paintable.
- Keep it
clean! If there’s one thing inexperienced boat owners often forget, it’s
that keeping a clean boat can work wonders. Keeping your sailboat clean will
help prevent mildew from developing, which in turn ensures that you don’t end
up with a lot of strange odors that become hard to eradicate. We have a full
range of Boat
Cleaning Products here at BoatLIFE for you to peruse.
maintenance issues as soon as they arise. Don’t put a new issue, such as a
strange noise, on the back-burner. You don’t want to find out about a new
problem when you’re out on the water. You want to know everything there is to
know when you’re safe at home.
Stock Up On Boat
There is a lot you can do to maintain a high-quality,
sea-worthy sailboat—and you’ve read a lot of it here. Make sure to expand your
boat maintenance toolkit with our boating
products here at BoatLIFE.